well actually more of a nightmare..;-)
Deluded in his full command,
Day Two at Santa Fe and "Albert Herring "by Benjamin Britten.
Lady Billows - Christine Brewer, powerful singing, well acted comic turns
Miss Wordsworth - Celena Shafer, soprano with an attitude
Nancy - Kate Lindsay, a sweet lyric soprano who got better as opera went on
Mrs. Herring - Judith Christin, a known trouper, a bit apst her prime vocally making up for it by emoting a bit
Albert Herring - Alek Shrader, young fine voiced Tenor
Mayor - Mark Schowalter, biggish voice
Sid - Joshua Hopkins (HGO Studio Alumnus)-was replaced for this night by ??
Vicar - Jonathan Michie, pleasant rich tenor
Budd - Dale Travis, gruff rough bass
Harry, A Village Child - Richard Schmidt, piping sweetly
conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
Director - Paul Curran
Scenic Designer - Kevin Knight
Costume Designer - Kevin Knight
Lighting Designer - Rick Fisher
Benjamin Britten's operatic dramas such as Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, The Turn of the Screw, or A Death in Venice are powerful works with many hued psychological shadings of human foibles.
With this opera Britten explores comedy and shows that he can be just as successful in a lighter vein.
Briefly: "A turn-of-the-last-century English village is shocked to discover that chaste young women are in perilously short supply, so bashful Albert is crowned “King of the May Festival,” only to launch a night of revelry that leaves his elders aghast and his chums impressed."
Clips not from the Santa Fe Production.
Another modern piece of music..and real music it was! And the weather cooperated nicely, after sundown it cooled but a light wool wrap was all that's necessary to keep the breezes away.
But this music was more accessible, with at times really witty turns of phrase to underscore the comic contents of the opera.
The piece abounded with arch cliches of English village life at an earlier era:
Peons' pulling imaginary forelocks when in the presence of Lady Billows, who runs the show or thinks so, while being influenced rather slyly but often by Miss Pike' opinions!
The Vicar, the subject of adoration by village females,
who is asked to dine at the mansion sometimes;
The fussy schoolmarm, striving for gentility;
The village Don Juan;
His inamorata, silly but good natured;
The village simpleton, a mama's boy at the cusp of rebellion;
The overbearing, restrictive mother;
The village Mayor never at a loss for words and slogans, aspiring to but not in higher class
Miss Pike, Lady B's helper and eminence gris, whose nosy mongering uncovers village sins and secrets
The proper, rough and gruff ex-military man.
The opera certainly tweaks class distinctions, village morals, thumbs a nose at British pride (Rule Britannia), shows up the hidden or not so hidden sins in a small village.
Where everyone knows everything about everyone -
even if there are somebodies and not so somebodies
unlike Luckenbach, TX, where everyone is somebody!